Sports Ilya Kovalchuk nearing deal with NHL's Rangers: reports

02:25  10 april  2018
02:25  10 april  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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Sport-Express reported the 34-year-old Kovalchuk was near a contract with the New York Rangers , which would mark his return to the NHL for the first time since 2013. NHL reduces punishment for Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk deal .

Ilya Kovalchuk is close to returning to the NHL for the first time since leaving to play in Russia’ s Kontinental Hockey League five years ago, according to reports . Sport-Express reported the 34-year-old Kovalchuk was near a contract with the New York Rangers

a man wearing a red hat: Ilya Kovalchuk's rights belong to New Jersey until he turns 35 this Sunday when he would likely be viewed as an unrestricted free agent. © Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/File Ilya Kovalchuk's rights belong to New Jersey until he turns 35 this Sunday when he would likely be viewed as an unrestricted free agent.

​Ilya Kovalchuk is close to returning to the NHL for the first time since leaving to play in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League five years ago, according to reports.

Sport-Express reported the 34-year-old Kovalchuk was near a contract with the New York Rangers, which would mark his return to the NHL for the first time since 2013.

The terms of that agreement would need to be hashed out by league officials because of the complex terms under which Kovalchuk left the United States and New Jersey Devils.

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According to Sport Express’ s Igor Eronko, Kovalchuk will be signing a two or three-year deal with the New York Rangers for million a season. — Igor Eronko (@IgorEronko) April 9, 2018. Ilya Kovalchuk said he’ s going to play in the NHL next season.

Share New York Rangers Rumored to Sign Ilya Kovalchuk to Multi-Year Deal . On February 7 we ran a story titled Ilya Kovalchuk Rumored To Have Eyes on New York If He Returns to NHL which outlined Kovalchuk reported to be getting around m per-season w/ the #NYR on a 2/3-year deal .

Kovalchuk retired in June 2013 with 12 years and $77 million US remaining on a 15-year deal signed in 2010. Because he was designated to the voluntary retirement list, Kovalchuk's rights belong to the Devils until he turns 35. Kovalchuk's 35th birthday is April 15.

As of that date, Kovalchuk would likely be viewed as an unrestricted free agent.

With St. Petersburg in the KHL this season, Kovalchuk had 33 goals and 65 points.

Drafted first overall by Atlanta (now the Winnipeg Jets) in 2001, he notched 417 goals and 399 assists in 866 NHL regular-season games.

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